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(17) Utah 74, UNLV 43

No. 17 Ranked Utes Post Seventh Consecutive 20-Win Season

Utah Women's Basketball Defeats UNLV, 74-43

The No. 17 ranked University of Utah women's basketball team shut down the visiting UNLV Rebels Saturday, winning 74-43 to pos a seventh consecutive 20-win season. The Utes improve to 20-2 overall, 9-0 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV falls to 14-7 overall, 4-5 in MWC play.

Lauren Beckman led the Ute attack as she almost posted a double-double (nine points, 12 boards) in the first half, helping Utah go into the break with a 39-16 lead.

The Utes scored 30 points off the bench, 28 points in the paint, 17 second-chance points and 25 points off turnovers. Utah out-rebounded the Rebels 46-43 in a very physical match-up. The Utes recorded 20 assists, 11 steals and four blocks in the game.

For the Utes, Beckman recorded a career-high 16 rebound and 19 points. She went 4-of-12 from the field and had a season-high 11-for-13 outing from the free-throw line. Beckman posted five assists, two blocks and one steal with no turnovers in the game.

Teammate Lori Red-Castagnetto recorded a season-high 16 points, making 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Senior Kristina Andersen added 11 points. Utah went 25-of-62 (40 percent) from the field, 5-of-14 (36 percent) from 3-point range and 76 percent (19-of-25) from the free-throw line.

For the Rebels, Linda Frohlich scored 23 points and 14 rebounds. She went 9-of-21 from the field, 1-of-4 from 3-point range and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. UNLV shot 28 percent from the field (17-of-61), 26 percent from behind the arc (5-of-19) and 40 percent from the free-throw line (4-of-10).

"I am happy with our team's consistency in which they come to play," said Utah coach Elaine Elliott. "They (Utah) know they've got to put away these teams to win a championship, and that is when they play their best games.

"I am really pleased with Lauren — she is playing with a lot of fire and intensity, and was truley a force on the boards tonight. Lori is key for us right now with her consistency at the offensive end of the floor," Elliott said.